Will of Richard Hall of North Crawley, victualler, 1769 (proved 1772)

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In the Name of God Amen I Richard Hall of Northcrawley in the County of Bucks Victualler being sick and weak in body but of sound & disposing mind memory and Understanding (praised be God for it) and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and to the End I may be the better prepared to leave the world whenever it shall please God to call me hence Do therefore make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I Give devise and bequeath unto my Brother George Hall of Winslow in the said County of Bucks Blacksmith All and every my Freehold and Copyhold Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in the several Parishes of Northcrawley and Winslow aforesaid or elsewhere within the Kingdom of Great Britain with their and every of their Rights members and Appurtenances To hold the same unto and to the use of my said Brother George Hall his Heirs and Assigns for ever Subject nevertheless and I do hereby Expressly charge All and every my said Freehold and Copyhold Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with and to the payment of all and every the Legacies and Sums of money by me in this my Will hereinafter given and bequeathed (that is to say) I Give and bequeath unto my Brother John Hall the Sum of Thirty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain Also I Give and bequeath unto my Sister Mary Basterfield the like Sum of Thirty pounds of like money Also I Give and bequeath unto my Sister Winifred Hall Widow the like Sum of Thirty pounds of like money Also I Give and bequeath unto my Sister Susannah Matthews the wife of William Matthews of Whitchurch in the said County of Bucks Blacksmith the like Sum of Thirty pounds of like money for her own seperate use and benefit And I do hereby order and direct that the receipt or discharge in writing under the hand of my said Sister Susannah Matthews shall (notwithstanding her Coverture) be a sufficient Release of discharge to my Executor for the same Also I Give and bequeath unto my four Nieces Rebecca Basterfield Martha James Mary Hall and Sarah Hall the Sum of Five pounds each of like money Also I Give and bequeath unto the Children of my Niece Susannah Higgons deceased the Sum of Five  

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[p.2] Pounds of like money to be equally divided between them All which said several and respective Legacies hereinbefore by me given and bequeathed aforesaid I do hereby order and direct shall be paid to my several and respective Legatees within Twelve Months next after my decease by my Executor herein after named And Lastly as to for and concerning All the Rest residue and remainder of my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality soever (not hereinbefore by me otherwise bequeathed or disposed of, after Payment of my just debts funeral Expences Legacies charges of proving this my Will and all other Charges and Expences incident thereto) I do hereby give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said brother George Hall, whom I do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made And do publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Richard Hall have to this my Will contained in two Sheets of paper to the first Sheet thereof set my hand only and to the Second and last my Hand and Seal this Fourteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Sixty Nine

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Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Richard Hall
the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as
Witnesses thereto in the presence and at the request of the
said Testator and also in the presence of each other
W(illia)m Parker
Tho(ma)s Pettit
James Horn

31st October 1772
Sworn the Executor above named             Before me W. Stockins Sur(rogate)    No Inv(ento)ry          £1 11 6

Proved the 31st day of October 1772 before the Reverend William Stockins Clerk Surrogate by the Oath of George Hall natural and lawful Brother and sole Executor to whom Ad(ministrat)ion was committed he being first sworn duly to Administer

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1772 Will Rich(ar)d Hall
Sent out by William Collings of Aylesbury, to Mr Burnham of Aylesbur Winslow the 5th day of November 1772


Notes

It isn't clear if Richard came from the Hall family of Winslow, at least some of whom were Baptists. His brother George and sister Winifred both lived in Winslow. Richard's property in Winslow consisted of a cottage in Great Horn Street, to which his brother George was admitted tenant at the 1772 manor court. It had been mortgaged to John Cox of Winslow, maltster for £30 in 1763. It later became part of The Cottage: see 5 Horn Street.

Copyright 2 February, 2017